“Without stones there is no arch” -Marco Polo
Dion Khodagholy is an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Columbia University in New York City.
He received his Master’s degree from the University of Birmingham (UK) in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering. This was followed by a second Master’s degree in Microelectronics at the Ecole des Mines. He attained his PhD in Microelectronics at the Department of Bioelectronics (BEL) of the Ecole des Mines (France). His postdoctoral research at New York University, Langone Medical Center was focused on large-scale cortical acquisition and analysis.
His research explores the interface of electronics and the brain in the context of both applied and discovery sciences, with the ultimate goal of new innovations in device engineering and neuroscience methods to improve diagnosis and treatment of neuropsychiatric disease.
Dion Khodagholy, PhD
George D. Spyropoulos, PhD
Human Frontiers Post-Doctoral Fellow
George D. Spyropoulos is a Human Frontiers Post Doctoral Fellow. He received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Materials Science and Technology from University of Crete (Greece). He joined the nanomaterials & organic electronics group (Greece) of Prof. Kymakis to work on organic electronics for his bachelor and master thesis. He then moved to Prof. Christoph J. Brabec’s group at Materials for Electronics and Energy Technology (i-MEET), focusing on smart device fabrication strategies for solution processed solar cells to pursue his PhD in Materials Science and Engineering at the Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg (Germany).
His postdoctoral research at the Translational Neuro-Electronics lab focuses on the development of neural interface devices based on organic electronics.
Zifang (Frank) Zhao, PhD
Zifang Zhao is a post-doctoral fellow in the lab. He received his B.Sc. in Basic medical science and Electrical Engineering from Peking University (China). After graduation, he joined Dr. Wan group at Neuroscience Research Institute of Peking University for the PhD in neuroscience. During his PhD, he joined Dr. Buzsaki's lab in New York University as a visiting student.
His current research focuses on the development and application of high-density miniaturized neural interface in studying large-scale neural dynamics.
Claudia Cea is partaking in a graduate research internship at Columbia university. She comes from Italy, where she completed her Bachelors of Science in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Pisa. She joins the researchers at Columbia while currently pursuing her Masters of Science degree in Bioenginering in San Diego, focusing her research on the development of novel origami-based neural probes for epidural and intradural recording, as well as, neurotransmitter detection.
Prawesh Dahal is a PhD student in the Department of Electrical Engineering. He received his B.S. in Engineering and Physics from Trinity College, CT. In his undergraduate research, Prawesh was involved in the nonlinear and chaotic analysis of hippocampal REM sleep EEG. His current interest lies in the development of neural interface devices to better understand the human brain. In his free time, Prawesh enjoys doing art, especially drawing pen and ink architectural sketches. He is also very passionate about cooking and learning new languages.
Han Yu is a graduate student at Columbia University. She is now pursuing her PhD degree in Electrical Engineering. She received B.S. in Physics from Fudan University and M.S. in EE from Columbia University. Since she joined Translational NeuroElectronics Lab, she has been working on a couple of projects - both on electrophysiological analysis and device design for clinical use. Her current work involves studying the emergence of neural network in neonatal rodents. Han is excited about the field of neuroscience and its ability to apply all kinds of cutting-edge technologies to obtain better understanding of brain.
Liang is a graduate student working towards a PhD in Biomedical Engineering. He comes from Shenzhen, China. In 2018, Liang received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from Tel Aviv University, Israel. For his undergraduate project, Liang joined Prof. Yosi Shacham-Diamand’s group as an researcher to perform EIS and Van der Pauw measurements on SAM-enhanced semiconductor devices. At Neuroelectronics Lab, Liang investigates brain states of neonatal rodents using neural electrophysiology, and build electronics for clinical use. Liang hopes to continue research at the intersection of Electrical Engineering and Neuroscience.
Shilpika is a graduate student at Columbia University, pursuing her Master’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering in 2015. While in California, her research focused on the protein tubulin, electron microscopy, and drug delivery of biologics. After graduating, Shilpika worked at Medtronic PLC on implantable device miniaturization and new technology development for the Cardiac Rhythm & Heart Failure business unit. In addition to her work as a process engineer, she led a campus innovation group focused on connecting employees and enabling creativity. Shilpika’s goal in life is to build things, from art to engineering. She also loves creating art and reads voraciously in her free time.
Patricia Jastrzebska-Perfect is a student at Columbia Engineering majoring in Electrical Engineering and minoring in Computer Science. Her prior research involved using biocompatible nanoparticles as vehicles of gene delivery in vitro, and current research involves developing organic electronic materials. In her free time, Patricia enjoys playing violin and piano.
Onni Rauhala is a staff research associate and a graduate from the College of Biological Sciences at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities where he got his B.Sc. in neuroscience with a minor in anthropology. His past research experience includes behavioral studies in rodents utilizing optogenetics and electrophysiological methods. Currently, Onni’s research interests lie in rodent electrophysiology and behavior in the context of memory, sleep, and navigation.